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William Hayward Johnson III

December 28, 1949 May 23, 2010
William Hayward Johnson III
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William Hayward Johnson III, 60, of Greenville, and formerly of Georgia and California, passed away Sunday morning May 23, 2010 at the home of his daughter Vanessa J. Baker of Greenville.  Mr. Johnson and his daughter Vanessa was the subject of a Tyra Banks show because they were looking for each other and hadn’t seen each other since Mrs. Baker was an infant.

Born December 28, 1949 in Blythesville, Arkansas, he was the son of William Hayward II and Arveda Blanche (White) Johnson.  Mr. Johnson was a freelance Technical Writer, having worked for several businesses during his working career.  Mr. Johnson was Roman Catholic by Faith.

Surviving is his mother of Chickamauga, GA, his daughter and her husband Rev. David Baker of Greenville and a son Adair Douglas Chaballa of San Francisco, CA.  Also surviving are 2 grandsons Daniel Johann Baker and Nathan David Baker and a sister Paula Blanche Reese of Chickamauga, GA.

He was preceded in death by his father, and a half brother Robert Reese Jr.

Memorial Services for Mr. Johnson will be held at the Greenville Church of the Brethren, Greenville Pike, Grampian, PA on Wednesday June 2, 2010 at 6 PM, with the Reverend Sandra Peterman officiating.

To see a photo essay on Mr. John go to and to read about Mrs. Baker journey to find her father go to

Contributions may be made to the family in care of the Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc.  300 State St. Curwensville, PA 16833

Online condolences may be made to the family at .                          

The Chester C. Chidboy Funeral Home, Inc. of Curwensville is in charge of the arrangements.
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